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1. vex

verb. ['ˈvɛks'] cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations.

Synonyms

  • irritate
  • chivvy
  • harass
  • molest
  • hassle
  • get to
  • provoke
  • rile
  • antagonise
  • chevvy
  • bother
  • devil
  • nark
  • gravel
  • chivy
  • eat into
  • get at
  • harry
  • grate
  • chafe
  • antagonize
  • nettle
  • annoy
  • chevy
  • get under one's skin
  • rankle
  • get
  • peeve
  • displease
  • fret
  • beset
  • plague
  • ruffle

Antonyms

  • dissuade
  • go
  • take away
  • repel

Etymology

  • vexen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • vexer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Vex

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  • projects
  • perplex
  • intersects
  • expects
  • caltex
  • rejects
  • onex
  • objects
  • nobec's
  • fedex
  • execs
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  • cmx
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  • treks
  • specs
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  • plex
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  • flecks

Example sentences of the word vex


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Poets have long written about the things that vex them.

2. Verb, base form
Like mosquitoes (perhaps Number 1), they seem to exist only to vex us.

Quotes containing the word vex


1. I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.
- Hermann Hesse, Peter Camenzind

2. The rain set early in tonight,The sullen wind was soon awake,It tore the elm-tops down for spite,And did its best to vex the lake:I listened with heart fit to break.When glided in Porphyria; straightShe shut the cold out and the storm,And kneeled and made the cheerless grateBlaze up and all the cottage warm;
- Robert Browning

3. This has to be the most self-centered thing I've ever said, but no, I think you just wanted to vex me.
- Julia Quinn, The Viscount Who Loved Me

2. vex

verb. ['ˈvɛks'] subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation.

Synonyms

  • deliberate

Antonyms

  • refrain
  • calm

Etymology

  • vexen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • vexer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. vex

verb. ['ˈvɛks'] disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.

Synonyms

  • distract
  • misgive
  • nag
  • cark
  • unhinge
  • disquiet
  • worry
  • trouble
  • disorder
  • eat
  • eat on

Antonyms

  • sell
  • stay
  • pull out
  • leave

Etymology

  • vexen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • vexer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. vex

verb. ['ˈvɛks'] be a mystery or bewildering to.

Synonyms

  • confuse
  • mix up
  • throw
  • baffle
  • beat
  • discombobulate
  • flummox
  • stick
  • elude
  • pose
  • gravel
  • befuddle
  • puzzle
  • bewilder
  • fuddle
  • dumbfound
  • riddle
  • bedevil
  • perplex
  • stump
  • get
  • confound
  • stupefy
  • escape
  • mystify
  • amaze
  • nonplus

Antonyms

  • soothe
  • better
  • stifle
  • end

Etymology

  • vexen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • vexer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

5. vex

verb. ['ˈvɛks'] change the arrangement or position of.

Synonyms

  • agitate
  • stir up
  • poke
  • toss
  • commove
  • raise up
  • shake up
  • scramble
  • roil
  • disturb
  • displace
  • move
  • rile

Antonyms

  • cultivated plant
  • lose
  • lend
  • refuse

Etymology

  • vexen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • vexer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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